- posted 13 years ago
I use rum/vodka to fortify wine and make liqueurs, and I noticed something strange when I shook a bottle of plain white rum. (The same thing happened with vodka.) When I shook the bottle, the liquid's appearance changed in three quick stages:
- cloudy all over (first 1-2 seconds) - started to clear, but a thin layer (< oz.) of white foamy/starchy substance surfaced (3-7 seconds) - everything cleared back to normal (8-10 seconds)
I'm aware that cheap alcohol is usually not filtered as much as top-shelf brands, so I'm suspecting the shaking caused a temporary "centrifugal effect" that, for a short time, surfaced many of the impurities. If I poured out the little oz. or so of the foamy liquid, would the remaining liquor be cleaner?